WAM's Song Of The Year is an annual competition, promoting the talented, original songwriting of West Australian residents and embracing contemporary music of all genres, in addition to offering school-age, indigenous and regional categories. The songs are anonymously and independently judged by an expansive range of music industry experts, with the winner of each category also in the running for the Grand Prize. This arrangement presents a rare exposure opportunity for WA songwriters; their talents are showcased directly to leading industry practitioners, encouraging real opportunities for the songwriters’ music careers. The winners are announced at an Awards Night, further showcasing homegrown talent playing live on the night to an audience comprised of fans and industry alike.


At the close of the 2016/17 WAM Song Of The Year Awards Party, we’re excited to reveal Sydnee Carter took out the coveted Grand Prize with her song When We Were Young. Being only 19-years-old makes this feat even more impressive, yet this wunderkind has been building up to this moment with a string of early achievements. On her CV already is previous Song Of The Year nominations, a stint on X Factor, a Telstra Road To Discovery Grand Finalist, showcases at Music Matters Live in Singapore, and a recent collab with Slumberjack blowing up the charts.


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Ranging from established leaders in their genres (including WAMAwards and past #WAMSOTY winners) to exciting revelations with big futures ahead, the winners list also included Dan Howls, Ralway Bell, Tobacco Rat, The Intenso Band, Riley Pearce, Nucleust, Harry Mitchell, The Brownley Gospel Singers, Codee-Lee, Rag N’ Bone, High Horse, Farraday’s Cage, Burdiya Mob, Macshane and Jere Sosa.

Over $40,000 worth of prizes was distributed over the course of the night, the Awards for one of Australia’s biggest songwriting comps debuting at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle. The night also impressed with sets from DJ Charlie Bucket, The Money War, Ben Matthews Presents LIVEWYRE and Dan Howls.

WAM’s CEO Mike Harris said, “WAM’s Song Of The Year competition keeps going from strength to strength, and the quality and depth of entries never fails to amaze me. Congratulations to all entrants, finalist and winners. I have seen Sydnee Carter grow as a performer over the past few years, and Sydnee’s Grand Prize win is a deserved testament to her talent. The strength of the applicants’ music demonstrates the importance of the competition and its integral position in the development of WA artists. Thanks as ever to those who support this important event, plus the sponsors for so generously helping WAM champion WA music.”

Senior Writer Services Representative Tenille Elkins from Major Partner APRA AMCOS added, “WAM Song Of The Year is a rare and important opportunity for songwriters and we’re very excited for Sydnee Carter and the other category winners. We’re committed to developing our members’ careers and this award is a wonderful way to showcase the wealth of talent in WA.”





We’re pleased to have had the songs judged independently by over 60 industry expert judges (including 20+ international/east coast judges), all being exposed to fresh WA talent. These include music directors, heads and representatives from the likes of triple j (NSW), Music Row Voice (US), The Right Profile (NSW), Branded (SINGAPORE), Music Insight, Dog Park Records, JAZZWA, Pirate 88, Gun Fever MusicPilerats, Spotify, TheMusic.com.au, Source Music, Parenthèses Records, The Orchard, RTRFM, X-Press Magazine, Firestarter Music, Perfect Pitch Publishing, Maric Media, Nannup Music Festival, Monster Management and Rotunda Media and many more, plus music legends Dave Hole, Paul Harding (Pendulum – UK), Fiona Kitschin (The Drones – VIC) and Rob Younger (Radio Birdman – NSW).





#WAMSOTY proudly acknowledges the generous support provided by our;

Major Partners: City of Fremantle, APRA AMCOS

Supporting Partner: PPCA

Grand Prize Sponsors: Anna Laverty, Audiofly, Perfect Pitch Publishing, Firestarter Distribution, SpotifyDiskbank, The Right Profile, RØDE Microphones.

Category Sponsors: Badlands Bar, Country Music Club of Boyup Brook WA, Cool Perth Nights/Mojos, Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle, Fairbridge Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Noongar Radio, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, The Ellington Jazz Club.

Studio Sponsors: Artisan Music, Blackbird Studio, Crank Recording, Debaser Studio, Foxhole Studios, Fremantle Recording Studios, Poons Head Studios, Rada Studios, Shake Down Studio, Shanghai Twang Studios, Sonic Lolly, Sumo Sound, Templeman Audio, Tone City Recording Studio, Underground Studios, Vision Studios.

Awards Sponsors: CCA Productions, Western Australian Museum, Heyder & Shears.



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